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Topic: Stroke - Primary Care

Thursday, 17 January 2019
Approximately one third of all stroke patients have diabetes, according to a large meta-analysis and literature review. Diabetes is associated with poorer stroke outcomes compared with people without diabetes.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) still need treatment even after their heart rhythm seems to have returned to normal, according to a recent paper in the BMJ. They remain at a 60% greater risk of stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) than patients without AF.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
A large study in the USA has found that starting treatment for sleep apnoea as soon as possible after a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) significantly improves speech impairment and other neurological symptoms as well as walking and other physical functioning. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy was shown to provide even greater benefits than tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) which is a NICE recommended drug treatment for stroke.
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), together with the condition’s associated stroke and systemic thromboembolic risk, is increasing significantly. Fortunately, there are clear, evidence-based clinical guidelines and risk stratification tools, to ensure that patients can make informed choices about optimising their treatment and care.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Stroke related to atrial fibrillation can be prevented effectively through the use of anticoagulants. This article reviews recent guidelines, clinical trials and real-world evidence with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with AF and provides practical guidance on the use of these newer agents in primary care.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 23 February 2018
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest sustained cardiac dysrhythmia, and an important risk factor for stroke and systemic thromboembolic events. This wall chart outlines AF risk factors, and compares AF with normal heart rhythm.
Category: Back to Basics
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